Fifth Joint Meeting with CSHPM/SCHPM

July 15-17, 2011
Dublin, Ireland

This is the fifth in our series of joint meetings with the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics / Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des mathématiques.

This meeting follows four very successful joint meetings held in Oxford (1997), Toronto (1999), Cambridge (2004) and Montreal (2007), all of which were characterised by very lively and thought-provoking papers presented in a spirit of considerable enthusiasm. In common with these meetings, the Fifth BSHM/CSHPM Joint Conference will feature contributions from members of both societies, covering a larger number of themes than is normally possible in one meeting.

Members are invited to present papers on any subject relating to the history of mathematics, its use in the teaching of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, or a related topic. If you wish to present a paper, please send a title and abstract to one of the joint organisers – Tony Mann (BSHM) or Adrian Rice (CSHPM) – as soon as possible, and no later than 1 March 2011.

The conference will start on the morning of Friday 15 July 2011 and will finish on the afternoon of Sunday 17 July 2011. The programme are available on the websites of both the BSHM and the CSHPM.

VI Portuguese-Brazilian Meeting on History of Mathematics

(VI Encontro Luso-Brasileiro de História da Matemática)
August 28-31, 2011
UFSJ, São João Del-Rei/MG, Brazil

The VI Portuguese-Brazilian Meeting on History of Mathematics is the latest of a series of meetings which started in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1993, and since then have taken place regularly, alternately in Portugal and in Brazil. This event, as the previous ones (with one exception), will have its Proceedings published.

Meeting aims:

  • To encourage the exchange between Brazilian and Portuguese researchers working in the History of Mathematics.
  • To disseminate and discuss the research conducted in the history of mathematics and/or in relations between History, Epistemology and Education in Mathematics.
  • To disseminate the history of mathematics among teachers of all education levels and between undergraduates and graduate students in mathematics, mathematics education, history of science and related fields.

The VI Portuguese-Brazilian Meeting on History of Mathematics is an international event that brings together researchers and those interested in History of Mathematics from Brazil and Portugal. The organization is a joint initiative of the Brazilian Society of the History of Mathematics (Brazil) and the National Seminar for the History of Mathematics (Portugal). Its goal is to deepen relations between the scientific researchers in this area of the two countries which have a few centuries of common history.
For more information see the website.

11th International Conference of The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project: Turning Dreams into Reality: Transformations and Paradigm Shifts in Mathematics Education

September 11–17, 2011
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project has just completed its tenth successful international conference in Dresden, Germany, following conferences in Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Australia, Sicily, Czech Republic, Malaysia and the USA. Our project was founded in 1986 and is dedicated to the planning, writing and disseminating of innovative ideas and materials in Mathematics, Statistics, Science and Computer Education. The next conference is planned for September 10–16, 2011 in Grahamstown, South Africa. The chairman of the Local Organising Committee is Professor Marc Schafer of Rhodes University. The conference will open with an evening welcome reception on Sunday, Sep 10th and will close with lunch on Saturday, Sep 16th.
The title of the conference is “Turning Dreams into Reality: Transformations and Paradigm Shifts in Mathematics Education”. Paper proposals are now invited on all innovative aspects of mathematics, statistics, science and computer education. Our conferences are renowned for their friendly and productive working atmosphere. They are attended by innovative teachers and mathematics educators from all over the world, 44 countries were represented at our last conference for example.
There will be an additional full social programme for accompanying persons.
For ALL further conference details please email Alan Rogerson, Chairman of the International Programme Committee, at

Second International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education

October 2-5, 2011
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,
Lisbon, Portugal

• Kristín Bjarnadóttir
• Fulvia Furinghetti
• José Matos
• Gert Schubring

We are calling for papers for this Second Conference continuing the successful works initiated in Iceland (June 2009). Abstracts of proposed contributions (length: about one page) should be submitted to José Manuel Matos (, by April 30, 2011. The decision about acceptance will be communicated by June 15, 2011.
Further information are in the conference website

The conference
History of mathematics teaching, see (Schubring, 1983; 1984), and learning is relatively new as a subject of international attention and research, but it is developing actively and dynamically. It became the first time visible at ICME 10, in 2004, at Copenhagen, as the TSG 29. The success and dynamics of these activities lead to the launching of the first international journal devoted to this field of study, the International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, published since 2006. History of mathematics education became then a subject in various international meetings, for instance at the ESU-5 (Prague, 2007) and ESU-6 (Vienna, 2010), at the CERME meetings, and at ICME 11 (Monterrey, 2008, TSG 38).
The first specialized international research conference entitled “On-going Research in the History of Mathematics Education” took place, in Garðabær, a town close to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, from June 20 to 24, 2009, see the report by Furinghetti (2009). The conference was organized by the Centre of Research in Mathematics Education at the School of Education of the University of Iceland. The themes treated in the conference were (see also the Proceedings): Geometry teaching, Interdisciplinarity and contexts, Method, Modern mathematics. Movements in the development of mathematics education in specific countries, Practice, The internationalization of education with particular reference to the ICMI, Transmission.

Bjarnadóttir, Kristín, Furinghetti, Fulvia, & Schubring, Gert (Eds.) (2009). “Dig where you stand”. Proceedings of the conference on On-going research in the History of Mathematics Education. Reykjavik: University of Iceland – School of Education.
Furinghetti, Fulvia (2009). On-going research in the history of mathematics education. International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, 4(2), 103-108.
Schubring, Gert (1983). Introduction à la chronique historique sur l’enseignement des mathématiques. Recherches en Didactique de Mathématiques, 4, 325–344.
Schubring, Gert (1984). Essais sur l’histoire de l’enseignement des mathématiques, particulièrement en France et en Prusse”, Recherches en Didactique des Mathématiques, 5, 343-385.

Colloque « L’enseignement des mathématiques, des mathématiques du quotidien à la théorie en l’honneur de Nicolas Rouche »

March 16-18, 2011

Mons, Belgium (March 16th), Lille, France (March 17th-18th)


This symposium in honor of Nicolas Rouche will be in French, so the information is also given in French:

Quels qu’ils soient et quels que soient les systèmes éducatifs dont ils sont des maillons, les enseignants de mathématiques sont obligés à un moment ou un autre de s’interroger sur le sens de leur enseignement en terme éducatif et politique, en terme de rapport à la réalité (celle des problèmes pratiques qui se posent à toute société). Cette réalité s’invite aussi par le biais des étonnements ou questions, venant de jeunes enfants comme d’étudiants en thèse ; elle s’hybride à la symbolisation, elle se transforme dans des réseaux de techniques et de théorisations. S’agit-il d’aménager la construction, avec les meilleurs procédés, d’une science déductive déjà faite ou s’agit-il d’enseigner à penser mathématiquement ? A chaque niveau de rigueur et d’exigence, comment la pensée mathématique s’ancre-t-elle dans les perceptions, les actions, les mouvements ? Quel part peut y prendre le jeu, l’expérimentation ? Comment se construisent définitions et concepts dans leurs rapports à l’intuition, aux problèmes et aux démonstrations ? L’histoire des mathématiques et l’histoire de l’enseignement informent sur toutes ces questions, quelles ressources offrent-elles aux enseignants ?

De l’école élémentaire à l’université, chercheur-e-s et/ou enseignant-e-s apporteront des éléments pour travailler ces questions dans tous les champs de la discipline (algèbre, géométrie, analyse…) par des conférences plénières, des exposés ou des ateliers de 1h30.

Conférences invitées : Erich Wiitmann, Rudolf Bkouche, Jean Mawhin, Christine Decoq, Christiane Hauchart, Evelyne Barbin, Thérèse Gilbert, Luc Sinègre.

Ce colloque est organisé à l’initiative de la Régionale Pays-Bas, (Groupe d’Enseignement Mathématique de Louvain la Neuve, Groupe de Leuven, Freudenthal Institute et IREM de Lille), du CREM (Centre de Recherche sur l’Enseignement des Mathématiques, Nivelles), et des deux Commissions Inter-IREM “Histoire et Epistémologie” et “Géométrie”.

Informations et appels à contributions à partir du 1er décembre 2010 :

Ninth Workshop on the History of Science and Teaching

November 18-19, 2011
Barcelona, Spain

The Catalan Society for the History of Science (SCHCT) will hold the Ninth Workshop on the History of Science and Teaching.>

The main aims of this workshop are:

  • Discuss issues on the relationship between history of science and teaching.
  • Encourage communication and collaboration between teachers and historians of science.
  • To find resources and experiences on the implementation of the history of science in education.

The organizing committee calls for papers in the following thematic areas:

  • History of science in the classroom
  • The matching of history of science to the educational curriculum.
  • Research done by high school students in the history of science.
  • The role of IT in the use of history of science in science education.
  • The material culture of science in science teaching.

Details about the workshop can be found at the web site.

National Seminar on the History and Cultural Aspects of Mathematics Education

December 2-3, 2011
New Delhi, India

The NATIONAL SEMINAR ON THE HISTORY AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATION will be organized by Sir C.V. Raman, Chair for Science and Math Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi at the Convention Centre of the same university, 2-3, December, 2011. The goal is to look at the important historical movements, innovations and efforts to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics in school and at the tertiary level throughout India over the last two centuries. Further, it aims to focus on the social, cultural and economic influences on mathematics learning and learners in India. Those interested should contact

(data taken from ICMI News)

Creating Balance in an Unjust World: Conference on Math Education and Social Justice

January 13-15, 2012
San Francisco, United States
Conference themes:

  • Social justice in the mathematics classroom
  • Mathematics literacy as “gatekeeper”
  • Ethnomathematics

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